November 1, 2020 - UPDATE

Dear Church Family & Friends,

…and it’s NOVEMBER!

The middle of last month, Utah’s Governor, Gary Herbert, along with the Coronavirus Task Force, changed the reporting for COVID-19 cases.

Replacing the nice “earth-tone” palette – red, orange, yellow, green – that indicate risk phases (Grand County never moved beyond LOW RISK - Yellow Phase), we now have the lovely, yet somewhat chilly, “winter-tones” of blue – light blue, medium blue, and dark blue.

As of TODAY, Grand County’s transmission rate of infection has been deemed “HIGH” (dark blue).  We continue to be “mask mandatory” for Grand County and the City of Moab.  Keep yourself informed by visiting: www.seuhealth.com/covid-19 and www.coronavirus.utah.gov.

Moab Baptist has in-person, in-house services on Sundays10AM (Sunday School & Bible Classes), 11AM (morning service), and 6:30 PM (evening service) – and Wednesdays (7PM).

If all the technology works correctly, live-streaming of the church services continues on Facebook LIVE and Twitter, and on our website.  The services that are live-streamed are: Sunday morning (11AM), Sunday evening (6:30 PM), and Wednesday (7PM).

While face-masks are mandated (per local health order), they are NOT required if social-distancing can be maintained inside the building (or outside for that matter).  If you are comfortable wearing a mask all the time or it is medically prudent, PLEASE feel free to continue.

We are entering the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons – may we seek to honor, magnify, glorify, and praise the Lord in all that we do!  He is SO good – ALL THE TIME!

Psalm 118:23-24, “This is the Lord's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. 24) This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Keep on keeping on!

Your friend,

Pastor Howe

 

 

October 2, 2020 - UPDATE

Dear Church Family & Friends,

WELCOME TO OCTOBER!

We continue to hold steady in the LOW RISK (Yellow Phase), and continue to be “mask mandatory” for Grand County and the City of Moab.

Not much has changed, except our rate of COVID-19 infections continues to appear as the lowest (at least one of the lowest) in the State of Utah – this goes for hospitalizations and deaths too.

Moab Baptist has in-person, in-house services on Sundays – 10AM (Sunday School & Bible Classes), 11AM (morning service), and 6:30 PM (evening service) – and Wednesdays (7PM).

If all the technology works correctly, live-streaming of the church services continues on Facebook LIVE and Twitter, and on our website.  The services that are live-streamed are: Sunday morning (11AM), Sunday evening (6:30 PM), and Wednesday (7PM).

Be sure to keep yourself informed by visiting: www.seuhealth.com/covid-19 and www.coronavirus.utah.gov.

While face-masks are mandated (per local health order), they are NOT required if social-distancing can be maintained inside the building (or outside for that matter).  If you are comfortable wearing a mask all the time or it is medically prudent, PLEASE feel free to continue.

I praise the Lord for the great faith and faithfulness by the people of Moab Baptist!  We  continue to watch our God do great and mighty things this year.

Psalm 118:23-24, “This is the Lord's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. 24) This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Keep on keeping on!

Your friend,

Pastor Howe

 

September 3, 2020 - UPDATE

Dear Church Family & Friends,

We find ourselves in September and holding steady in the YELLOW PHASE (low risk), and still battling the issues that surround COVID-19.  Nice.

Not much has changed, except our rate of COVID-19 infections appears to be the lowest (at least one of the lowest) in the State of Utah – this goes for hospitalizations and deaths too.

According to the https://coronavirus.utah.gov website, Moab and Grand County remain in the “YELLOW” or Low-Risk phase; however, IF – and that’s a big “if” – our local officials wanted to go to “GREEN” or New Normal phase, we could.  You may also see updates about Grand County here: https://www.seuhealth.com/covid-19.

Moab Baptist continues to have in-person, in-house, social-distanced seating for all services on Sundays – 10AM (Sunday School & Bible Classes), 11AM (morning service), and 6:30 PM (evening service) – and Wednesdays (7PM).

By local health order, face-masks are mandatory.  Face-masks are NOT required if social-distancing can be maintained inside the building (or outside for that matter).  If you are comfortable wearing a mask all the time or it is medically prudent, PLEASE feel free to continue.

Live-streaming of the church services continues on Facebook LIVE and on our website.  The services that are live-streamed are: Sunday morning (11AM), Sunday evening (6:30 PM), and Wednesday (7PM).

I praise the Lord for the great faith and faithfulness by the people of Moab Baptist!  We’ve watched our God do great and mighty things this year.

Psalm 118:23-24, “This is the Lord's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. 24) This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Keep on keeping on!

Your friend,

Pastor Howe

 

August 7, 2020 - UPDATE

 

Dear Church Family & Friends,

 

We find ourselves in August, and still battling the issues that surround COVID-19.  Nice.

According to the https://coronavirus.utah.gov website, Moab and Grand County remain in the “YELLOW” or Low-Risk phase; however, IF – and that’s a big “if” – our local officials wanted to go to “GREEN” or New Normal phase, we could.  You may also see updates about Grand County here: https://www.seuhealth.com/covid-19.

Moab Baptist continues to have in-person, in-house, social-distanced seating for all services on Sundays – 10AM (Sunday School & Bible Classes), 11AM (morning service), and 6:30 PM (evening service) – and Wednesdays (7PM).

By local health order, face-masks are mandatory.  Face-masks are NOT required if social-distancing can be maintained inside the building (or outside for that matter).  If you are comfortable wearing a mask all the time or it is medically prudent, PLEASE feel free to continue.

Live-streaming of the church services continues on Facebook LIVE and on our website.  The services that are live-streamed are: Sunday morning (11AM), Sunday evening (6:30 PM), and Wednesday (7PM).

During these odd and challenging times, let’s continue to honor and glorify the Lord Jesus, representing Him well to others!

Psalm 118:23-24, “This is the Lord's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. 24) This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

 

Your friend,

Pastor Howe

 

July 4, 2020 - UPDATE

 

Dear Church Family & Friends,

Welcome to July – by the way, HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! – and yet another month of dealing with COVID-19.

According to the https://coronavirus.utah.gov website, Moab and Grand County remain in the “YELLOW” or Low-Risk phase.  You may also see updates about Grand County here: https://www.seuhealth.com/covid-19.

 This past week (week ending today, July 4, 2020), the Grand County Council requested from the Governor’s Office to be a “mask-mandatory” county (mimicking Salt Lake & Summit Counties).  The Governor approved the request.  This next week – July 7 – Grand County Council meets to set the parameters of this order.

Having visited with the pastors of churches in Salt Lake County, the churches are still meeting and have asked their congregants to wear masks into the building, leaving them on until they are seated (socially-distanced, of course).  If they are up and about and CANNOT maintain social-distancing, then masks are to be worn.

At Moab Baptist Church, we request that masks be worn (they are mandated).  These may be removed once seated.  Please wear them if social-distancing guidelines cannot be maintained.

I’m grateful for the spirit and cooperation of our church family and guests.  Let’s keep on keeping on, serving the Lord, rejoicing in Christ, doing right, and “weathering through” this most interesting time J.

 

Your friend,

Pastor Howe

 
May 30, 2020 - UPDATE
 
Dear Moab Baptist Church Family and Friends,
 
As of May 27, 2020, Grand County and the City of Moab are now in the “Yellow” or “Low Risk Phase” established by Utah Governor Gary Herbert.  We rejoice in this decision, but it really changes nothing as to what we are doing in our church’s ministries and with the various church services of Moab Baptist.
 
This is by no means a “free-for-all”.  I continue to closely monitor the coronavirus.utah.gov and seuhealth.gov websites for changes that might affect our church.
 
Please know that we are OPEN for in-person services and have been.
 
We have social-distanced seating (6’ spacing) available.
 
We continue to live-stream all the services (Sundays – 11AM, 6:30 PM; Wednesdays – 7PM).  The Moab Valley Bible Class for adults (Sundays @ 10AM) is no longer live-streamed beginning June 7.
 
It goes almost without saying, if you are age 65 or older, or have a compromised immune system, seriously consider watching the live-streaming services.
 
In an attempt to comply with the Governor’s Guidelines, I ask the following take place for those worshipping in our services:
 
1. Family/ household units need to sit together, maintaining at least 6’ from others
2. Face coverings are encouraged, especially if you cannot maintain at least 6’ from other people
3. Please do not shake hands or hug
4. Wash hands with soap; use hand sanitizer
5. Provided hymnals and Bibles are an option, however, words to hymns and choruses are on the screen
6. Offering plates are available, but not passed; a black, locked, giving box is located inside the back door of the church
7. Nursery is not staffed, but if parents or family members need to utilize it, they may
8. Children’s Church (Sundays – 11AM) has restarted
9. The Teen Bible Class & Children’s Sunday School Classes (Sundays – 10AM) begin meeting on Sunday, June 7
10. Sunday’s van shuttle is not running (resuming soon)
 
Visitors are welcome.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.
 
Your friend,
Pastor Howe
 
 
May 7, 2020 - UPDATE
 
Dear Moab Baptist Church Family and Friends,
 
According the Phased Guidelines established by Utah Governor Gary Herbert, the State of Utah, Grand County, and the City of Moab are in the Moderate Risk Phase (orange) – still!  While this does not mean a “free-for-all”, it does remove many of the “mass gathering” restrictions.  I continue to closely monitor the coronavirus.utah.gov and seuhealth.gov websites (several times each day) for changes that affect our church.
 
Please know that we are OPEN for services.  Ya’ll can come on back now!
 
We have social-distanced seating (6’ spacing) available.
 
We continue to live-stream all the services (Sundays – 10AM, 11AM, 6:30 PM; Wednesdays – 7PM).
 
We have made a huge effort to keep you informed and updated with the ever-evolving changes that are coming with this whole COVID-19 “stuff” (and the changes are NOT going to stop for the foreseeable future).
 
May I challenge you to make a concerted effort to return to services?  Let me remind you that the live-streaming is a “stop-gap”, but is especially beneficial to those who cannot – for whatever reason – be in our church services, and the reducing of people in the services was temporary.
 
It goes almost without saying, if you are age 65 or older, or have a compromised immune system, seriously consider watching the live-streaming services.
 
In an attempt to comply with the Governor’s Guidelines, I ask the following take place for those worshipping in our services:
 
1. Family/ household units need to sit together, maintaining at least 6’ from others (for the children, a “sermon survival kit”, complete with crayons, paper, snack, etc. are provided)
2. Face coverings are strongly encouraged, especially if you cannot maintain at least 6’ from other people
3. Please do not shake hands or hug
4. Wash hands with soap; use hand sanitizer
5. Provided hymnals and Bibles are an option, however, words to hymns and choruses are on the screen
6. Offering plates are available, but not passed; a black, locked, giving box is located inside the back door of the church
7. Nursery is not staffed, but if parents or family members need to utilize it, they may
8. Children’s Church (Sundays – 11AM) is not meeting (for now, BUT is resuming soon)
9. The Teen Bible Class & Children’s Sunday School Classes (Sundays – 10AM) are not meeting (for now, BUT are resuming soon)
10. Sunday’s van shuttle is not running (for now, BUT is resuming soon)
 
Visitors are welcome.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.
 
Your friend,
Pastor Howe
 
 
May 1, 2020
 
Dear Moab Baptist Church Family and Friends,
 
Good news!  On April 29th, Utah’s Governor, Gary Herbert, issued an Executive Order, that was effective today, moving the state COVID-19 public health risk status from red (high risk) to orange (moderate risk).  This Executive Order adopts the guidelines for moderate risk for individuals and businesses [and churches too] found in the “Phased Guidelines for the General Public and Businesses to Maximize Public Health and Economic Reactivation (version 4.0)”.  This Executive Order applies to all counties within the state, and supersedes all local public health orders, except where exceptions are granted by the Governor in consultation with the Public Health and Economic Emergency Commission.  The full order may be read here.
 
Public Health order # SEUHD 2020-5GC, issued April 30, 2020, is now in effect for the Southeast Utah Health District (Carbon, Emery, and Grand Counties), until May 29, 2020, with review to take place by May 15, 2020.  The full order may be read here.
 
Pertaining to church services, this health order defers to the “Phased Guidelines…(version 4.0) – (p.6) CHURCH SERVICES…Follow all social guidelines outlined on page 5, Spacing between immediate household groups, Alternate schedules to accommodate smaller gatherings where social distancing guidelines can be adhered to, Recommend streamed services to households”.
 
The “CHURCH SERVICES” section was not in the previous versions of the Phased Guidelines until about Thursday morning, April 30.  This is an answer to prayer.
 
A Reminder:
As a reminder, the Governor’s Phased Guidelines suggest the following (which are NOT new):
a. General public takes extreme precautions
b. Stay 6 feet away from others when outside…unless not possible
c. Follow strict hygiene standards, including:
i. Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
ii. Use hand sanitizer frequently
iii. Cover coughs or sneezes (it is allergy season, UGH!)
iv. Regularly clean high-touch surfaces (e.g. door handles, counters, light switches, remote controls, restroom surfaces)
d. Do not shake hands
e. Face coverings (e.g. mask, scarf, gaiter, bandana) worn in settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain:
i. Change or launder the cloth face coverings routinely
ii. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under the age of 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance
f. In-person interactions limited to individual households and those who have been following recommended distancing/hygiene guidelines; increase use of virtual interactions
g. Leave home infrequently
h. Social interactions in groups of 20 or fewer
 
How does this apply to Moab Baptist Church?
1. We continue to live-stream all church services: Sundays at 10 AM, 11 AM, 6:30 PM, and Wednesdays at 7 PM
2. For the next several services (at least until Wednesday, May 6, probably to Sunday, May 10 – Mother’s Day), in-house church services are limited to around 20 attendees (my decision).  Be sure to call the church to reserve your seat.
3. “Things” are going to be a bit different as we start meeting– but we at least get to start worshipping the Lord together!
4. Sunday school and Bible classes for teenagers and younger are NOT meeting (probably until June – this is always subject to change).  Pastor Howe teaches all attendees during the 10 AM service.
5. Children’s Church during the 11 AM service is NOT meeting (probably until June – this is always subject to change).
6. The church’s nursery is NOT staffed; however, if parents or family members need to utilize it, they may.
7. The Glory Grind Coffee Stop (a perpetual fundraiser by the Slickrock Teen Bible Class) is NOT open on Sunday mornings until further notice.
8. Our church continues to be cleaned and sanitized weekly AND between Sunday’s morning and evening services.
9. Additional seating is available throughout the auditorium – please “spread out”.
10. Family/ household units need to sit together, and maintaining at least 6’ from others.
11. You will be warmly greeted; however, handshaking and hugging should not be done (try a vigorous a wave instead, or a hearty “howdy”, or, as in Kelly’s case, a full-body wag).
12. The offering plates are available, but not passed; a locked giving box is located inside the back door of the church.
13. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.
14. Hand sanitizer is available; however, consider bringing your own too.
15. If you are not feeling well, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE watch the services online.
16. If you are in that vulnerable or high-risk age category (65 and older) or are in the immunocompromised category, for your safety, consider watching the services online.
17. Tuesday’s Men’s Maintenance Meeting and the Ladies Coffee Time – both at 10 AM – resume.  All attendees are to follow the appropriate social distancing guidelines; neither are to exceed 20 attendees.
 
Pertaining to out-of-town visitors:
We are GLAD, thrilled really, to see you in Moab!  Due to the interesting nature of these present days, we’re respectfully asking that you reschedule a visit to Moab Baptist Church the next time you’re in town OR watch our services online.  We haven’t met as a church family for several weeks (almost 2 months), and must “work out” the social guidelines and ministry aspects of our church services to make it more conducive for practical ministry.  Thank you for understanding!  If you need anything, or have some questions about this, you’re invited to contact the church office – we’d love to hear from you.
 
I’m excited for this new “phase”.  I’m thankful for your faithfulness and love for the Lord.  Let’s all continue to pray for each other, our church’s ministry, the City of Moab, Grand County, the State of Utah – especially Governor Herbert – and the United States of America!
 
Your friend,
 
Pastor Howe
Moab Baptist Church
Moab, Utah